We get it. It’s hard to discern whether the new coronavirus is genuinely worth panicking about when the liberal mainstream media is touting it as a global pandemic and the possible end of civilization. But pump the brakes a bit because it doesn’t warrant mass hysteria yet.
The exact same thing happened when SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) broke out in China over a decade ago. And still the sun came up the next day and the day after that.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take extra precautions to ensure you don’t catch it.
So if you have to travel, here is everything you need to know.
First things first – coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to much more serious diseases. SARS and MERS are coronaviruses. It’s a general term for a family of strains.
The U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are both advising people not to visit China which is the origin of the outbreak. The CDC has issued the same type of Level 3 alert (“avoid all nonessential travel”) for South Korea, Italy, and Iran where the highest number of cases outside of China have been diagnosed.
Japan has been deemed a Level 2 and Hong Kong a Level 1. Japan and Hong Kong are both destinations you should “reconsider” visiting, especially if you are older or have other health conditions such as asthma or diabetes.
But you should take extra precautions everywhere because new cases have been reported in Seattle, New York City, and Southern California.
Liberal cities like San Francisco have declared a state of emergency due to the virus. One would think that means you shouldn’t travel there, but a state of emergency is just a way for the city to mobilize more resources to keep it from spreading should it ever come to that.
Keep your hands clean
This should be obvious, but you’d be surprised that this isn’t common sense to many. And since there is a shortage of hand sanitizer currently, your alternative is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
Use antiseptic wipes on any surfaces you come in contact with like tables, chairs, tray tables, armrests, door knobs and door handles etc. Any object where germs might linger, use an antiseptic wipe.
Cabin air on airplanes isn’t dangerous
You might think that cabin air on an airplane would be a cesspool of disease, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Cabin air is refreshed every two to three minutes, so you don’t have to worry about that.
Most medical face masks won’t help you
The most common misconception is that medical masks will protect you from other people’s germs, but medical experts say it only prevents your germs from spreading. The only masks that are effective are the industrial-strength N95 ones.
Also, this new coronavirus spreads by droplets and not airborne transmission, which is why…
Don’t touch your face
The average person touches their face 23 times per hour. If you take into account sleeping hours, then we touch our face nearly 400 times per day.
Again, the virus spreads by droplets, so if you do accidentally come in contact with the coronavirus, you’ll likely transmit it by touching your face. That’s why washing your hands is of the utmost importance.
Get a flu shot 2 weeks before traveling
Getting a flu shot at least two weeks before you depart is a good idea because symptoms of the coronavirus can be similar to that of the flu. This prevents you from getting an illness that you may think is the coronavirus and will put you at risk if you are quarantined.
If you follow the aforementioned above, then you should be fine. It’s not a full-proof plan, but it definitely helps to be aware of your circumstances and surroundings.
Luckily there are only about 60 cases of the coronavirus reported in the United States, so the statistical chances that you will catch it are astronomically low.
Nevertheless, good luck out there.